They were fired, they did not tender their resignation and it is not "customary" for them to do so. Bush did not appoint the 8 attorneys that he fired, they were all Clinton holdovers (into his SECOND term). If your claim were true, the 8 would have tendered THEIR resignations when Bush took office and the firings would never have occurred.
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From: Wayne McAlpine <wayne.mcalpine@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 2:29:06 PM
Subject: Re: [CPF0000] Ooops... another inexperienced person appointed...?
Those 93 attorneys served at the pleasure of the president. It's customary and proper for them to tender their resignations when a new prez takes office.
Wrong again. The dismissals were unprecedented.
Previous Presidents, including Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, both
retained holdovers from the previous Administration and only replaced
them gradually AS THEIR TENURES EXPIRED. This allows continuity of
leadership within the U.S. Attorney offices during the transition.
What is not proper is to fire them for political reasons after you have appointed them.
Again, they were not Bush appointees
It has a chilling effect on their prosecutorial decisions. Once appointed, they are not the Truth Squad for the Republican party.
Speaking of which:
One of the attorneys FIRED by Clinton, Jay Stephens, U.S. Attorney in
the District of Columbia, was investigating then Ways and Means
Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, and was "within 30 days" of making a
decision on an indictment. His Clintonian replacement did not indict. Rostenkowski, who was shepherding the
Clinton's economic program through Congress, eventually went to jail on
mail fraud charges and was later pardoned by Clinton.
Also at the time, the Clintons' Whitewater dealings were coming to a
head. After dismissing all 93 U.S. Attorneys at once, the Clintons appointed Paula Casey
as the U.S. Attorney for Little Rock. Casey never brought any
Whitewater indictments, and even rejected information from another Clintonite,
David Hale, on the business practices of the Arkansas elite including the Clintons.
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